It is definitely a very subtle comeback for the former world number 3. On Tuesday, in the first round of the Estoril tournament, Dominic Thiem was defeated by Benjamin Bonzi in two sets (6-3, 7-6). Sure, in today’s ranking, Thiem (93) gives 35 places to the Frenchman (58), but the Austrian, who aspires to find heights after being away from the fields for almost ten months after a wrist surgery, always remains. away from the mark.
Since returning to the field, at Challenger in Marbella a month ago, Thiem now has three games and three losses in 2022. On Tuesday, in the first round of the Estoril tournament, the winner of the US Open 2020 was tame by a Frenchman who did not gave a lot. Aggressive with wisdom, especially in the Austrian second balls, making a few unforced errors in the exchange, Bonzi (25) conceded no break points throughout the match.
Clearly dominated in the first set, where he often appeared frustrated, especially because of an evil that today has not regained its former splendor, Thiem (28) had the merit of staying in the second row, lengthening slightly and being slightly sharpest in strike. He was also not far off returning to a round everywhere, giving himself three set points in the tie-break, including one at 8-7, which he lost by an unforced error in the forehand.
Undoubtedly the road is still long for the Austrian, who would like to arrive at Roland-Garros, with a little more confidence in his game. Benjamin Bonzi, he will challenge in the next round in Estoril the American Sebastian Korda (37, head. series no. 8), winner of Pierre-Hugues Herbert (6-2, 6-4).